A Florida National Guardswoman is steamed after discovering her brother’s mugshot at a shooting range where police officers were taking target practice.
Sgt. Valerie Deant, said her brother was among several photos of all black suspects used during shooting drills by North Miami Beach police officers.
She immediately became upset and called her brother, who had been arrested in 2000, when he was 15 years old, in connection with a drag race that killed two people.
“The picture actually has, like, bullet holes,” said Woody Deant. “One in my forehead and one in my eye. I was speechless.”
The City of Medley owns the firearms training center, which is leased to law enforcement agencies and the National Guard, but the shooting range staff does not select the targets that are used.
J. Scott Dennis, chief of North Miami Beach police, admitted officers should have used better judgment in selecting the targets but denies any racist intent, pointing out that the department’s sniper team includes minority officers.
The police chief also defended the department’s use of photographs as targets, saying the technique is widely used as part of facial recognition drills.
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